Last night was our first night home from the hospital. I enjoyed our first night as family! It was nice to start a routine.
One thing that we did that Davis thought was 'super special' was lay in his bed w/ baby sister & read our books before bed.
He was so excited to share that time with Eliza. I was just as excited & thought it was too sweet. My problem was I am still very sore & it's hard for me to get in & out of his bed, but it was all worth it, as it always is!
Today Ms Eliza was released from the hospital. I was ecstatic when I heard the news & was even more so when we walked in the door of our home.
The 1st picture is of her all dressed up in her going home outfit. I wish I'd gotten better pictures of the dress. It really is sweet. She's going to wear it again tomorrow to her 1st pediatricians appointment. I'll try again then.
The other picture is of her ride home. She looked so small in that big carrier.
The day included a few more 1st...... I'll share them later! We had a great 1st day home & I look forward to our lives as a family of 4!
I was discharged from the hospital today, but have been able to board in a small room on the mother/baby floor. This has worked out nicely. I get to keep Eliza in my room & nurse on command.
They brought in this light blanket for me to use during nursing, so she'd get light therapy even when nursing on command. I am very thankful for that, as it gave her & me some much needed cuddle time w/o the guilt of her not getting the light therapy.
At 8pm tonight her wonderful nurses took her back to the nursery to have her blood levels checked for biliruben levels. It took 1 hour to get the results back & I prayed... as did many of my friends & family.
I waited as long as I could before calling the nursery. Since I'm now a boarder in the hospital, I'm trying to make friends & not appear pushy.
As usual, they were nothing but sweet & kind. Her levels went down! That meant they didn't have to call the Dr & she doesn't have to start double light therapy. They will test her again in the morning to verify it's continuing to go down. I hung up & cried. I am so thankful! All day, Danny & I kept saying how grateful we are to have a healthy girl & this is our only problem. But, at the end of the day, it's still hard. It's emotionally draining. It's hard on my 4 year old, who doesn't understand why Mommy & Sissy can't come home.
Right now, Eliza is in the nursery for their standard 11 pm check. They do weight, temp, & a full body check. I'm once again praying & asking everyone to do the same that she has gained some weight. This morning she weighed 6 lbs & 12 ounces. She needs to gain weight or sustain to get to go home tomorrow. We sooo want to go home!!! We need to go home! I feel like the luckiest person in the world.
I couldn't ask for a better husband. He's worked so hard this week to take care of Davis, Eliza, & me. He's gotten little rest & his only complaint is that he wants to do more for us.
I have the sweetest little boy. I got to spend a couple hours w/ him this evening in the hospital, just the 4 of us. I was able to watch him w/ his sister. I was able to hold him & hear about his day & night w/ Spencer. It was much needed!
I have the sweetest baby girl who I can't believe how much in love with I am. She's so precious & I love bonding w/ her & looking into her eyes. I love that I see so much of Danny in her. It just melts my heart.
Tonight I'm tired & will try to get some sleep till Eliza comes back to eat.
I woke up this morning excited w/ the thought of finally going home w/ my new baby girl.
Unfortunately, the Neonatologist came w/ bad news.
Eliza's biliruben levels increased & they are going to keep her at least 1 more day.
I had a little meltdown.
I want to see Davis.
I want to be a family of 4.
I want that alone time w/ Danny that we just haven't gotten this week.
I want to be in control again.
One of the sticky points right now is that the Dr on call started the release papers for me this morning. They are trying to reach my OB to see if she "wants" me to stay another night, so I can be w/ Eliza & have her in my room.
If not, then I will be considered a 'border'. If there are extra rooms available, I'll be a border in a room, but won't receive any meds from the hospital or be considered a patient. The benefit of this is so I can still have the baby w/ me in the room & nurse on demand to help rid her of the jaundice.
If they don't have available rooms on this floor, then I could be in a different part of the hospital . The bad part of that is that I won't be able to have her in my room or nurse in my room. I'll have to go to the nursery to see her & feed her.
I'm super emotional right now & cried when Davis called to check on me. I loved hearing his sweet voice!
Last night the nurse came in & woke us up to do a forehead test to check her biliruben levels. She tested high, so they took her to the nursery for some blood work.
The lab work came back this morning & she does have jaundice. The neonatologist ordered special uv lights for her & we have to take them home w/ us for 1 or 2 days.
Once we get her in there, she does fine, but she doesn't like the initial idea of laying there. I suspect she's cold b/c she has to be naked & then covered w/ blankets. The lights warm her up pretty quickly.
Danny & I had a baby girl...... or so we thought.....
Davis has announced this is 'HIS' baby! He couldn't love her more! The sweetest times have been the short times we've been able to be just a family of 4. We can't wait to get home & start our lives together.
Eliza Moran Barnes was born Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm.
This wasn't what was planned, but God had big things in store for us & we're very grateful!
I had started feeling bad & on Tuesday it became worse. I called & made an appointment w/ Dr W my family Dr. My appointment time was 4:30. Once I arrived & gave the nurse my symptoms (congestion, cough, body aches) & that I was 37 1/2 weeks pregnant! Dr W called my OB b/c he felt I needed to be at Labor & Delivery for a checkup, so they could monitor the baby as well.
I went home, so Danny could take me to the hospital & we made arrangements for Davis. Luckily, we grabbed the camera as we were pulling out of the driveway.
Once we arrived at the hospital, they started testing me for H1N1. I tested negative, so they wanted to run a full blood count to find out what was going on with me. While the nurses scrambled around to relieve my aches, I started having contractions.
We had a November 20 c-section scheduled, but our baby girl had different plans. While waiting on test results I went into labor!
The nurse announced "We're having a baby tonight" & started prepping Danny & me for surgery!
At 10:18 pm Eliza Moran Barnes was born!
She weighs 7 pounds & 9 oz. She is 19 inches long & so absolutely beautiful. She has a head full of black hair!
I am a wife to 'the man of my dreams', Momma to the best little boy in the world & the sweetest baby girl, a runner who never keeps up, a mini van driving, doggie mom, follower of Jesus, who falls short daily, & loves life!